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TESSA UYS RECITAL (article first published : 2001-08-6)

Distinguished South African pianist Tessa Uys performs for Friends of Music at 19h45 on August 7 at the Durban Jewish Club (not at SABC as previously advertised).

Tessa Uys was born in Cape Town and began her studies at the age of five, taught by her mother Helga Bassel who was herself a well-known pianist. Her first public performance was at age of seven and she made her concerto debut aged 13 with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. Later that year she performed with the orchestra two Triple Piano Concertos by Bach and Mozart alongside her parents.

While still at school, she won an Associated Board Scholarship which enabled her to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Gordon Green. Here she gained the Recital Diploma and the MacFarren Medal. Two periods of intensive study followed, the first under Maria Curcio and the second at the Academia Chigianga in Sienna.

Shortly after this she won the Royal Overseas League Competition and decided to make her home in London. Tessa Uys has a most impressive repertoire, including concertos ranging from Bach to Brahms, Chopin to de Falla and Rachmaninov to Barber. Her solo piano recital repertoire is formidable, embracing the music and styles of all periods. She has also become renowned for her interpretation of Bach and Schumann.

In 1993, Tessa Uys played and recorded for the BBC’s Third Programme Bach’s monumental Goldberg Variations. Subsequently she toured this virtuoso work both in Britain and abroad to great acclaim. Amongst her most recent concerto recordings for the BBC are the Scriabin Piano Concerto and the highly technical Mendelssohn C Minor Piano Concerto, both with the Welsh National Symphony Orchestra.

She has played under numerous distinguished conductors and performs extensively throughout the United Kingdom and Europe at many of the major concert venues. In 1993, she appeared in a Channel Four documentary film called “Selling the Classics”, playing Scarlatti. One of the first artists to appear on Classic FM, she has released a recording on CD which has been successfully distributed throughout the world. Her music has been chosen by several airlines for inclusion on various in-flight entertainment programmes.

As a tribute to South Africa, Tessa Uys gave a recital in 1993 in aid of the African Arts Trust at St John’s Smith Square, London. The following year, she was elected as Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, an honour offered only to past students of the Academy who have achieved outstanding distinction in the profession. In the same year, she made several BBC recordings, toured Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as performing in the United Kingdom, Italy, France and South Africa.

Tessa Uys plays works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Janácek, Rachmaninov and Schumann. The Jewish Club is situated in Old Fort Road. A cash bar is available and a car guard will be on duty. Booking is at Computicket.




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